This castle: yours for the price of a tiny flat

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This castle: yours for the price of a tiny flat
Hägerstads Castle: a tumultuous history. Photo: Skeppsholmen Sotheby's International Realty.

It’s a nineteenth century castle, complete with turrets straight out of a fairytale, in a magnificent setting on a lake just two hours south of Stockholm. And it can be yours for 3.5 million kronor, the price of a one-room apartment in the capital.


The catch? Hägerstads Castle itself is uninhabitable, after it was gutted by a fire in 2011. The interiors were completely destroyed, and the agents say frankly it will probably have to be pulled down.


Up close, the effects of the fire are more apparent.


Over the years the castle, near Hannäs in the Åtvidaberg municipality, has been a home for retired governesses and a council-run centre for people with alcohol abuse problems. For the past few years it has been a private home, and remained so until the fire.


From above you can see the potential of the peninsula.


The castle - perhaps more accurately a mansion - was built in 1868 on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Vindomen by Hugo Beijer, who is still buried in the grounds. He spent his later life in England, where he is said to have built a miniature copy of Hägerstad, though it is unclear where.


The modern homes on the plot might make up in comfort what they lack in aristocratic charm.


Beijer not the only one buried there - there are also ancient Viking burials on the plot. 


Despite the fire, if you buy the property you won’t be short of somewhere to lay your head: the plot contains the old gardener’s cottage and two decent-sized family homes, built in the 1960s. These currently have tenants, but they’ll be gone by the end of the year. You’ll also get a boat house with a pontoon, a stable and a large greenhouse.



As for the big house, you would be free to restore it or rip it down - but if you demolish it you will need planning permission to build something in its place.




FOR MORE INFORMATION: visit Skeppsholmen Sotheby's International Realty.


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